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Thanksgiving Table Setting Dedicated to My Mother

My mother taught me the art of table setting many years ago. I loved our family holiday dinners growing up because her table was always exquisite and well thought out. Dining was an experience of both good food and beauty. I’m honored to be part of this week’s Fall Tablescape Tour with other bloggers so that I can honor my mother by dedicating this Thanksgiving Table Setting to her. She’s still living, but suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Thanksgiving Table Setting via Town and Country LivingLast year, I chose a neutral color palette for my Thanksgiving Table Setting.

This year I opted for something different … blue and white!


Thanksgiving Table Setting via Town and Country LivingThis year’s table setting is special; I’m using Mom’s china and crystal that she gave me years ago.

My mother and I always shopped together for dinnerware, glasses, and silverware.

It was so much fun putting pieces together and playing with colors of tablecloths and place mats.


Thanksgiving Table with Noritake China via Town and Country LivingMy mother’s China pattern is Spring Field by Noritake and the stemware is Waterford Crystal.

I decided to pull out the blue in the China by using blue place mats and blue-trimmed linen napkins.

A small spray of creamy roses in a blue-tinted glass bottle lends a feminine touch.


Noritake China and Vintage Silverware via Town and Country LivingThe flatware is Tudor Plate by Oneida Community that I’ve collected from the flea market.

I like to mix rustic with elegant so added a bow of twine with stalks of wheat.

Acorns collected from outside wear simple name tags for place cards.


Thanksgiving Table Setting via Town and Country LivingThe blue theme continues with the centerpiece.  A little crate I transformed last year takes center stage.

I stuffed it with aqua-colored bottles, candles, and wine corks.


Aqua Bottles in a Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Town and Country LivingA French graphic was transferred on each end of the crate.

I love the way the sunlight is softly captured by the vintage glass bottles.


Thanksgiving Table Setting in Blue via Town and Country LivingThe hearts on the bottles represent the love and appreciation I have for my mother.

We’ve always been close. I always think of her as my best friend.


Blue and White Thanksgiving Table via Town and Country LivingBlue and white may not be your typical Thanksgiving setting, but I’m enjoying its fresh appeal.

The table cloth is actually a mattelasse coverlet!


Cozy Thanksgiving Table via Town and Country LivingThe glow of candles on the table invokes coziness and warmth – even on a cold day!

It was below freezing this morning … and by Sunday it will be 60 degrees.


Thanksgiving Tablescape by Town and Country LivingI’m not sure what pattern the Waterford crystal is, but my mother loves it.

I’m honored she blessed me with her China and stemware. One day my daughters will have it.


Spring Field China by Noritake via Town and Country LivingI created coasters for my mother’s Waterford crystal to sit on.

Circles of scrapbook paper and book pages are layered and glued together with Mod Podge.

Landscape burlap webbing creates a makeshift table runner.


Acorn place cards for Thanksgiving table setting via Town and Country Living


Vintage aqua bottles and candle centerpieceAs Thanksgiving dinner progresses, the day will fade and dusk will settle in.


Holiday table setting via Town and Country LivingI’m so grateful my mother taught me the art of table setting.

I learned so many things from her, but most importantly, I learned what unconditional love feels like.


Thanksgiving Table Setting Dedicated to my Mother - Town and Country LivingSo it seems only fitting to honor Mom by dedicating this year’s Thanksgiving table setting to her!

Stop back tomorrow for a Thanksgiving soup recipe I’m sharing as part of a Blogger’s Progressive Dinner!

Finally, be sure to visit the other gorgeous tablescapes on this week’s tour!

Fall Tablescape Tour Schedule:

Monday, Nov 11th
Marty’s Musings
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
On Sutton Place
Making Lemonade

Tuesday, Nov 12th
Worthing Court
Home Is Where the Boat Is
Backporch Musings
Stone Gable
Kirb Appeal

Wednesday, November 13
The Everyday Home
At The Picket Fence
Between Naps On The Porch
Craftberry Bush
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Thursday, November 14
The Lilypad Cottage
Atta Girl Says
All Things Heart And Home
Top This Top That
Town And Country Living

Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner via Town and Country Living

Here’s the schedule for our Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner with loads of recipes for you!

November Fourteenth:


Worthing Court
Mom 4 Real


Just Paint It
Broadcasting Sunny
Making Lemonade


The Everyday Home
Designer’s Sweet Spot
Stone Gable

Table Decor and Ideas

Creating This Life
My Soulful Home
Major Hoff Takes a Wife


Southern Color
Deja Vue Designs


Our Southern Home
Sweet Pea

Friday, November 15th


Town and Country Living
Just Us Four


Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Fresh Idea Studio

Main Dishes

Designed by BH
First Home Love Life

Side Dishes

All Things Heart and Home
Sweet Songbird


Domestically Speaking
Lilacs and Longhorns

Parting Gifts

House on the Way
Dukes and Duchesses

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  1. It is an absolutely beautiful table. I love the blue and white, Jennifer. Rustic elegance is a fabulous mix.

    One of neatest places I worked was a May Company store, in the china, crystal, silver department. I had so much fun helping people find just the right settings for their tables. I never grew tired of that and continue to enjoy experimenting with different settings.

  2. Jennifer, your mother taught you well. And what a wonderful tribute to her. I hope she is still around to read it.

    And I spotted that heart right away in the first photo and knew it must be special. I love everything about your table, but that little detail made it for me.

  3. I inherited my mom’s china as well, and I used it at Easter. I also inherited her crystal which I actually used with my rustic fall tablescape. I love the memories these precious treasures invoke. You did a great job of telling a story and sharing your beautiful table. Thank you!

  4. My mom thought I would never “want that old stuff” referring to her china so she sold it for $50 bucks to a young guy who came to work on her house once. After she died I came across the thank you note from the guy scribbled on an envelope. He said his wife loved it. So that is my keepsake instead.